MR Imaging of the Pericardium

Andrew J. Misselt, Scott R. Harris, James Glockner, Da Li Feng, Imran S. Syed, Philip A. Araoz

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Imaging of the pericardium requires understanding of anatomy and the normal and abnormal physiology of the pericardium. MR imaging is well-suited for answering clinical questions regarding suspected pericardial disease. Pericardial diseases that may be effectively imaged with MR imaging include pericarditis, pericardial effusion, cardiac-pericardial tamponade, constrictive pericarditis, pericardial cysts, absence of the pericardium, and pericardial masses. Although benign and malignant primary tumors of the pericardium may be occasionally encountered, the most common etiology of a pericardial mass is metastatic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-199
Number of pages15
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2008


  • Constrictive
  • MR imaging
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pericardium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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